Correctional Officer Salary

A Correctional Officer earns an average salary of $35,348 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Safety Compliance and Transport.
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$25,201 - $62,438
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$62K
MEDIAN: $35,348
10%
50%
90%

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$10.60 - $22.44
(Median)
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,201 - $62,438  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,025  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,626 - $57,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.60 - $22.44  
   
Overtime
$14.98 - $39.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,025  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,626 - $57,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 855
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Job Description for Correctional Officer

A correctional officer works at a prison, jail, or similar institution. They are responsible for maintaining the safety and control of all persons remanded to the custody of the facility. The help ensure and enforce all procedures and regulations as required by the jurisdiction and management.

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Correctional Officer Tasks

  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.
  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.

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Correctional Officer Reviews

What is it like working as a Correctional Officer?

Correctional Officer in Cleburne:
"Ugh...."
Pros: What I like most is the stability. It is job security because there will always be someone breaking the law. And it pays my bills...well somewhat pays them.
Cons: It is dark and depressing. There is no appreciation for anything you do. I was told I can move up in the company but employees that have been there less time then me are getting picked over me. Plus, they want me to treat people like they are dirt all because they are jail and I just cant do that.

What is it like working as a Correctional Officer at Georgia Department of Corrections?

Correctional Officer in Abbeville:
"Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC)"
Pros: While working with the Department of Corrections, I obtain discounts at a few retail locations for being employed in Law Enforcement.
Cons: There's nothing at all at this time that I like about my job with GDC. When I first started, I really enjoyed going to work, our whole shift communicated not only as coworkers, but as if we were family. We followed the policy that GDC has in place, and did what we had to do on a day to day basis. We as officers ran the prison, and inmates did as they were told. Things have changed now, policy is being broken in favor for the inmates, and inmates run the institutions. Officers are being punished for trying to follow policy, and supervisors are not backing up the officers. The sole duty of a supervisor at any prison is to back up their officers, train their officers to handle situations the right way, and to guide the newer officers to follow policy. None of this is happening anymore, and its making the state prison systems a very dangerous place to work. The stress level for those of us who try to do right by policy has increased dramatically. This is why I hate my current job.

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Experience Affects Correctional Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%


Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Correctional Officer Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 44%

Transport
up arrow 15%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$35,000

Security Risk Management
up arrow 10%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 274 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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